Friendswood (Texas) four-star exterior linebacker Braylan Shelby introduced his dedication to USC on Saturday afternoon because the Trojans narrowly beat out Texas for one of many nation’s most athletic edge prospects.
For Shelby, it was a tricky resolution that got here right down to him sitting down along with his household over the course of the final couple of weeks and considering on his personal to return to this resolution.
“It was very, very exhausting,” Shelby mentioned. “Undoubtedly some lengthy nights simply standing up in my room questioning which place to go to. There’s nothing like Texas, it is superb. I want I might go to each, to be sincere.”
Nevertheless, USC supplied the most effective alternative in Shelby’s eyes to be developed each on and off the sector.
“I positively really feel like I will be nice there and obtain my desires,” he mentioned. “That is the primary motive I’ll SC.”
Shelby’s perception in Lincoln Riley is steadfast as he sees him turning USC round sooner fairly than later.
“I noticed what he did at Oklahoma and I do know he can flip a program round,” he mentioned. “I really feel like at SC he can try this once more. I do know having the ability to try this requires an ideal protection to return with it. Me going there will certainly assist and profit the entire staff.”
Shelby’s place coach, Roy Manning, is somebody that the four-star believes in a ton due to the connection they’ve constructed and his monitor document of growth.
“Ever since we first met when he got here to my faculty the primary time, it has been ecstatic from there,” he mentioned. “You possibly can inform he actually needs to teach me, he is very persistent on that. He actually believes that he can get me to the place I need to go and I consider him.”
On his official go to, Shelby was capable of see how a participant lives every day, and every part about it made him need to decide to the Trojans.
“It was excellent,” Shelby mentioned. “I like the dorm rooms, I like the services. I like every part, it is excellent.”
There may be additionally a possibility to see the sector early for Shelby as USC continues its roster overhaul.
“They positively see me enjoying early on the market,” he mentioned. “I do know it is gonna take some work however they advised me I ought to be capable to.”
At 6-foot-5, 235 kilos, Shelby is the No. 83 ranked recruit within the nation for the category of 2023, in keeping with Rivals. He’s the No. 5 ranked exterior linebacker within the nation and the No. 15 recruit from the state of Texas.
Shelby is an explosive defender that makes use of his verified athleticism (44-foot-9.25-inch triple leap) to blow up off the road and make violent performs on the level of assault. His vary permits him to cowl quite a lot of area across the edge in the direction of the boundary, and his pace will enable him to maintain tempo with elusive backfield threats.
His bodily profile is without doubt one of the extra spectacular in the whole nation as he seems like a developed school participant heading into his senior yr of highschool.
Taking part in exterior linebacker for Friendswood final season, Shelby totaled 77 tackles together with 12 for loss and eight sacks. He additionally recorded 5 go breakups, 4 compelled fumbles and one pick-six. His skillset will enable him to impression the sport in a number of methods in an edge position at USC.